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How math and mentoring can help equip young African-American males for the future

A growing number of leaders and organizations are dedicated to saying, "I am here for you." Starting in my hometown of St. Louis, we are partnering with the Urban League's Save our Sons Program, the 100 Black Men for STEM and college assurance programming and the Boy Scouts of America's Restoring our Village Program.

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Don’t give up the gains in education

Congress made the right decision a decade ago when it required states to administer yearly tests to public school students — and improve instruction for poor and minority students — in return for federal education aid.

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How gentrification is leaving public schools behind

One of the least understood impacts of gentrification is its role in a neighborhood’s education system. While proponents of gentrification cite a range of positive impacts, including decreased crime rates and increased property values, the impacts on traditional neighborhood schools are murkier.

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Education 'experts' may lack expertise, study finds

Prominent interest groups are promoting reform agendas and striving to influence policymakers and public opinion using individuals who have substantial media relations skills but little or no expertise in education research, say the authors of the study.

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Education reformers have a big blind spot

For all the attention to diversity, one perspective remains almost absent from the conversation about American education: The viewpoint of those who weren’t good at school in the first place.

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Mix high school with higher ed to aid Minnesota students

A new state bill would revise current law to allow more teens and high schools to participate in dual enrollment programs. That’s an investment worth making, because preparing more students for college work saves money for families and taxpayers and increases postsecondary graduation rates.

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Accountability doesn't need to be a dirty word in education

Under No Child Left Behind, accountability has hinged entirely on standardized test scores. The problem is, a single test score is like a blinking "check engine" light on the dashboard. It can tell us something's wrong but not how to fix it. What we need instead is a whole dashboard of indicators that monitor better measures of success and learning opportunities.

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Screen time can improve toddler's reading comprehension

The right combination of educational media and technology, far from being a brain drain, can have a positive and immediate impact on learning.

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Remove red tape to let experienced pros teach

By making it unnecessarily difficult for high-quality professionals to enter the classroom, and equally difficult for neighborhood schools to fill teaching vacancies, unions protect their members from competition while protecting profit from dues.

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‘Opt-in’ sex ed policy would be detrimental

In what’s become a re-enactment of a misguided pursuit a decade ago, some state lawmakers want to prohibit student access to public school sex education classes without parental consent. The current policy, in which local school boards decide whether schools have an “opt-in” or “opt-out” option, works and doesn’t need to change.

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